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BTO Blueline
Picus viridis
Green Woodpecker © Colin Varndell
Conservation listings

Europe: SPEC category 2, declining
UK: Amber (European status)

Long-term trend
England: rapid increase
Status summary
Green Woodpecker populations have increased steadily since 1966, except for a period of stability or shallow decline centred on the late 1970s. Recent results indicate that the current phase of increase is continuing across most of the UK range, although the Welsh population appears to be stable. The ecological factors underlying the increase are not yet known.
CBC/BBS England graph
Table of population changes for Green Woodpecker
Source Period
Years Plots
Alert Comment
CBC/BBS England 33 1967-2000 176 174 117 308    
  25 1975-2000 217 68 37 127    
  10 1990-2000 408 69 47 95    
  5 1995-2000 621 35 27 44    
BBS UK 8 1994-2002 549 18 7 30    
BBS England 8 1994-2002 505 27 14 40    
BBS Wales 8 1994-2002 38 8 -29 64    
BBS acknowledgement
BBS UK graph
BBS England graph
BBS Wales graph
Productivity information is not currently available for this species
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This report should be cited as:
Crick, H.Q.P., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Baillie, S.R., Balmer, D.E., Beaven, L.P., Coombes, R.H.,
Downie, I.S., Freeman, S.N., Joys, A.C., Leech, D.I., Raven, M.J., Robinson, R.A. and Thewlis, R.M. (2004)
Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2003.
BTO Research Report No. 353. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends2003)

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